4.0 out of 5 starsPleasantly Surprised!
By Brian C. Ebert on August 23, 2016
Not a fan of historical fiction, but this book actually was interesting.
Pros: Main and secondary plots weave in and out of actual historical occurances quite cleanly. Characters actually sound and act like people in the 1770s, not modern people in period costumes. Characters are also not as one dimensional as expected from any sort of historical novel, there is some depth to everyone. Care is taken to remove the shine placed on this piece of history by most schools, it was an unpleasant and divisive thing, almost an English civil war, and it shows. Capper is the actual letters from Washington included in the book. Used to add a very authentic feel to the man and his times, without being overbearing or kludgy. Actual pieces of history!
Cons: English words and speaking patterns from 200+ years ago can be difficult for the modern reader to adjust to, it took me several chapters to no longer notice the archaic phrasing.